Festival Ballet Providence
S E L E C T E D T R A C K S
March 8, 2013
Belousova’s collaboration with award winning choreographer and former Boston Ballet’s soloist Viktor Plotnikov has been described as “groundbreaking”, “a big hit” and “stunning” with Belousova composing the scores for Plotnikov’s three original ballets: Orchis, Surrogate and recently The House of Bernarda Alba performed by the remarkable ballet troupe of the Festival Ballet Providence. Orchis premiered in 2013. Praised as a “big hit” and “stunning collaboration” it returned to stage again in the following season. In recognition of Belousova’s many achievements as a composer and pianist in both her native Russia and throughout the international music world, she received an honorary citation from the Mayor of Providence joined by the citizens of Providence.
Agon & Orchis, a double-bill of groundbreaking ballets, then and now. In 1957, George Balanchine choreographed a work unlike anything created before. Agon, meaning contest in Greek, is a unique piece of choreography with music composed by Igor Stravinsky. The New York Times described the 1957 premiere as "ingenious and fantastically off the beaten path." To experience this work is to witness a piece of history.
Orchis is the newest work by acclaimed composer Sonya Belousova and renowned choreographer Viktor Plotnikov. In collaboration with talented and unique artists, this new work will represent a multimedia collaboration that is without equal. Rhode Island photographer A. Cemal Ekin's series of photographs of orchids inspired the ballet, world-renowned artist and RISD alum Toots Zynsky, and lighting designer Alan Pickart round out the collaborative team.
“Audiences were blown away by the eccentric, wide range of Sonya Belousova’s original score, striking a rich parallel to Viktor Plotnikov’s unique choreography”
The Festival Ballet Providence
"Festival Ballet Reaches Beautifully into the Past and Future"
"Groundbreaking” is the word used in the press release announcing Festival Ballet Providence’s program this weekend at the Vets in Providence. And you know what? That’s probably not just publicity hype... The music for “Orchis” is being done by a 20-something Russian woman, who composed the score, in Los Angeles..."
"Festival Ballet is presenting a terrific double bill featuring one of the landmarks of modern dance -- the Igor Stravinsky-George Balanchine ballet “Agon” -- along with a new collaborative piece, “Orchis”